Matt Barnes is back for Clippers

Forward Matt Barnes has missed all seven preseason games with a sore left calf but he plans to be on the floor Friday night when the Clippers close out their exhibition schedule against Sacramento.
Without Barnes, a key reserve, it’s been a bit of a struggle for the Clippers’ second unit to gel as it did last season when the bench was among the best in the NBA.
“It’s been frustrating but also educational to really see where I can have an effect on the second unit,” Barnes said. “Our second unit still doesn’t have an identity and I think sitting back and watching these last (seven) games I can really see where I can help filling voids and really be that voice for that second unit to get us into what we need to do offensively and defensively.”

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